Lake of the Ozarks

Ahhh, Stressless

A Stressless morning at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our friends have a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. In the early morning, before the sun rises high in the sky, before the speed boats take to the lake, when a gentle breeze stirs the leaves in the trees, when I think, for a while, I have the lake all to my own, the feeling is truly Stressless.

Stressless — calm, tranquil, peaceful and untroubled, serene and restful. She enjoyed a stressless hour of peace and quiet before everyone awoke. Stressless recliners, the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

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The Road to Manlius

Manlius, in Upstate New York, is located near the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is 17 hours by car from Kansas City along Interstate Highways, 70, 71, and 90. Along the way, there are sights to behold.

You could drive to Manlius, New York to buy Stickley or just shop Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.

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The Road to Manlius, New York

Our Ten Favorite Road Trip Quotes to Say on the Way:

Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Road is the Way, the Way is Home”


“I say this, who am Mathurin Kerbouchard, a homeless wanderer upon the earth’s far roads. I speak as one who has known hunger and feast, poverty and riches, the glory of the sword and the humility of the defenseless.”

Louis L’Amour

“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.” 

Jack Kerouac

“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” 


“You may not find a path, but you will find a way.” 

Tom Wolfe

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” 

John Steinbeck

“Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.”

Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

“Are we there yet?”

The Kids in the Back Seat

“Bobby is sitting on my side of the seat, and I have to pee.”

More Kids in the Back Seat

Note. Manlius, New York is located in Upstate New York near the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is 17 hours by car from Kansas City along Interstate Highways, 70, 71, and 90. Along the way, there are sights to behold.

You Make Me Happy

It is the middle of winter here in Middle America and I haven’t got a whole lot to talk about. The trees are bare, the squirrels are gathering the last few acorns. The skies are grey. It is too windy to go for a walk.

Let me simply say, “You make me happy when skies are grey.” It was a song my mother used to sing to me on restless nights when the wind blew and the tree branches rubbed against the window. My mother would fluff the pillow and I would pull the covers up tight about my head.

Soon, I was asleep.

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You Make Me Happy Pillow

Pain in the Neck

Pain in the neck: someone or something difficult or annoying. Example — Writing long blogs on painful topics is a pain in the neck. This has the same meaning as “pain in the butt” or “ass,” pardon my French. Example — By noon, my desk chair has become a real pain in the butt.

Especially now, no one wants a pain anywhere, it’s just downright annoying.

Neck pain is a common complaint. Pain comes from poor posture — whether you are leaning over your computer, developing a pain in the butt, or picking up laundry and straining your back, it hurts.

The cure — Get Stressless, available in Overland Park and Wichita, and throughout Kansas.

Mischief Night

Mischief Night is an informal holiday the day before Halloween when children and teenagers engage in pranks and vandalism, i.e., knocking over the outhouse, smashing pumpkins, dog poop in a bag at the doorstep. Other names include, Devil’s Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, and Cabbage Night.

The costumes are made (or more likely bought), the kids are itchin’ to get out of the house; it is not Halloween, but Halloween Eve, a night made for mischief, for ambitious kids who jump the gun on the fun as soon as it’s dark.

Mom and dad are out buying candy, thinking it’s dandy we’ll have the house for ourselves. But who would have guessed that a ghost would show up, knowing it’s almost Halloween.

Why did he come, where was he seen, this Halloween Eve? At the bar in the den looking for boos, then to the ice box in the kitchen for a little dessert?

And what does he like?

Ice cream, of course.

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Owl Be Seeing You

Our new store hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:30 to 5pm, which gives us more time to come up with jokes. “Jest” for you, a few quips told by a wise old owl.

Knock, knock
“Who’s there?”
“Owl who?”
Owl be seeing you!

Someone called me an owl!
I said, “Whoooo??!

Why did the Owl invite his friends over?
Didn’t want to be owl by himself.

What do you call a magical owl?

These owl jokes and more are from the BarnOwlTrust. Give a hoot and check them out.

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Robinson Crusoe

“I was born in the year 1632, [in the tumultuous reign of Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland,] in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in that country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words in England, we are now called—nay we call ourselves and write our name—Crusoe; and so my companions always called me.”

Lost on a Desert Island

Thus begins the tale of Robinson Crusoe, third son of an ancient father, not inclined to any trade, but for the want of adventure, sailed on a ship that led to many adventures and calamities.


Words of Wisdom from the Chair

Knowledge comes from learning, wisdom from experience. Here is a little bit of Robinson Crusoe’s wit and wisdom:

“It is never too late to be wise. [And never too late to read a good book and learn.]”

“It is impossible to set down the innumerable crowd of thoughts that whirled through that great thoroughfare of the brain, the memory, in this night’s time. I ran over the whole history of my life in miniature, or by abridgment, as I may call it, to my coming to this island, and also of that part of my life since I came to this island.”

“…[N]ow I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.”

“Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.”

“I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted…”

“Sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first. ”

“I could not forbear getting up to the top of a little mountain, and looking out to sea, in hopes of seeing a ship : then fancy that, at a vast distance, I spied a sail, please myself with the hopes of it, and, after looking steadily, till I was almost blind, lose it quite, and sit down and weep like a child, and thus increase my misery by my folly.”

Before I leave my desert island, I would like to say a word about how to destress:

Sit in a Stressless recliner, take a couple of deep breaths, relax, and imagine you are on a beautiful island.”


Slow down

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I went for a jog in the park the other day, took a short cut, and stumbled over a tree root I failed to notice. That caught my attention.

A former navy pilot said to me the other day, “Direction over Speed.” Paul Simon said it decades ago in The 59th Street Bridge Song, which most of us remember as Feelin’ Groovy. “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last.” Fast forward and today, it still makes sense.

The point is that we enjoy life more when we slow down. We make better decisions, fewer mistakes. We appreciate the things that matter more. Not to mention the health benefits that go along with slowing down, like a slower heart rate, better digestion, better sleep, a happier relationship with those around us.

Sure, our minds can act like race cars at the Daytona 500, zipping around the track, eyes focused on the car in front and behind. But traveling at speeds that defy all reason is surely going to put our minds in the shop, sooner or later.

Or, as the doctor said, “Impatience makes us patients.”



balloons in a pool

Ten things to do with a balloon

We are staying home, staying safe, taking calls if you have questions. 316 684-2177 in Wichita and 913 649-2429 in Overland Park. While we wait for this dark cloud to pass, we have been thinking of things to do at home. Dare we say, lightheartedly, how to enjoy a pandemic.

Making you home cozy and comfy is great, but here is a great idea from Winnie-the-Pooh. Blow up a balloon!

Like Silly Pooh Said…

balloons in a pool


Like Pooh-Bear said, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon. It’s true. Try playing with a balloon, or having one in your home and see if it doesn’t cheer you just a little. It won’t make you unhappy, that’s for sure.”

Ten Things to do with a Balloon

1. Rub the balloon on a rug to create static electricity and see if it sticks to the wall, your shirt, or the dog.

2. Play balloon volleyball with a companion.

3. Take it to the bathtub with you. Soap it up, make a face.

4. With several balloons, tie one each to each persons leg, start the music, then try and stomp out each other’s balloon. The winner gets to keep his or her balloon.

5. Blow up a balloon and then let the air escape to create that weird sound.

6. Blow up a balloon and don’t tie it off. Instead let the balloon loose and watch the dog chase the balloon.

7. Play balloon boxing. Score points by a touch to the head or body.

8. Blow up a balloon and repeatedly bounce it on your face while making a ba-ba-ba-ba sound with your mouth.

9. Half fill a balloon with air, squeeze it with your hands or under your arm, and see how many unusual shapes you can make. This works well with the long stringy balloons.

10. Make your own game.


Remember stay safe, stay healthy. Give thanks to those that serve us daily. Say a prayer for those who suffer or those who have lost a loved one.